April 12, 2006 09:06 Age: 8 yrs

Zwier: Annoy a Judge, Get Time Out

By: Beverly James

In an April 10 Detroit News article, Professor Paul J. Zwier discussed a judge's order to discipline a prospective juror. William Schramm of West Bloomfield balked at serving on a grand jury and allegedly lied to Chief U.S. District Judge Bernard A. Friedman. The Judge ordered Schramm to sit in the hallway of the Detroit federal courthouse for seven hours a day, three days a week, for the length of the grand jury. Zwier, Director of Emory Law School's Advocacy Skills Program, said he's heard of cases in which federal judges believed a prospective juror told a lie to get out of jury duty and the judges responded by requiring the prospective jurors to continue to report and listen, but not serve.

Zwier, one of the nation's most distinguished professors of advocacy and skills training, is also Director of Education for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA). Click here to read the article.


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